IFWTWA Professional Development

IFWTWA members continually grow in this fascinating business of writing, photographing, and sharing about food, wine, and travel. The International Food, Wine & Travel Writers AssnTM is proud to offer our members the following learning opportunities.


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The IFWTWA is proud to offer our members webinars featuring guest and member influencers working in the food, wine, travel and media industry. 

Upcoming webinars include:

  • Michigan Wine Collaborative
    with Emily Dockery (MWC), Heather Durham-Birley (Rove Estate), & Nancie Oxley (St. Julian)

    Michigan grows more than 30 varieties of wine grapes and its unique terroir is influenced by the Great Lakes. The main grape-growing region is at the same latitude as Bordeaux and Willamette Valley. Michigan wines are gaining international notoriety. Find out what all the excitement is about.

  • Craft Wine Association

    The Distinctive American Wine: The mission of the Craft Wine Association is to make Craft Wine as available as craft beer and spirits by certifying wineries and building a thriving marketplace for hand-crafted, American wine. Learn about the growth of this group and how they serve small wineries and the Craft Wine community.

  • Corning & The Southern Finger Lakes 
    In Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes you’ll find quintessential small-town Americana without compromising on world-class experiences. Between the extraordinary landscape and outdoor adventures, first-rate culinary options, world-renowned art, and the laid-back, and spectacular wines, it’s difficult to find anywhere quite like it.

Guest speakers are encouraged to contact Cori Solomon, Membership Chair. 


Watch the Webinar Series *
  • Costa Mesa – City of the Arts (September 9, 2020)

  • Valle de Guadalupe with Stacie Hunt (August 26, 2020)
  • Get into the Rhythm of Memphis (August 12, 2020)

  • Everything you want to know about Video with Scott Kendall and Ken Bornstein (July 22, 2020)
  • CityPASS Program and the Return of American Tourism with Deborah Wakefield, VP at CityPASS (July 9, 2020)

  • Chocolate Bliss with Susie Norris (June 24, 2020)
  • Rioja: Where Worlds Collide with Nina Sventitsky, Certified DOCa Rioja Educator, WSET Level 3, & Silver Pin Sommelier (June 10, 2020)

  • San Juan Islands: Inspiration for the Senses with San Juan Convention and Visitors Bureau (May 27, 2020)
  • Celebrate Oregon Wine Month with Travel Medford & Rogue Valley Vintners (May 13, 2020)

  • Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels with Kimberli Munkres (April 29, 2020)
  • Magical Malbec with Dave Nershi (April 15, 2020)

* Must be an IFWTWA member to view


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Pro Perspectives — Videos on-demand

Pro Perspectives is a series of member-produced videos approximately six minutes in length that focus on professional development topics for travel, wine and food professionals. If you are interested in becoming a content creator, contact Dave Nershi at [email protected].


View our newest Pro Video graphicTake Your Stories to the Next Level

Effective use of videos and photography can transport your readers to a raft racing down a Slovenian river, on a walk through an English castle, or to any destination.

Join writer Scott Kendall to learn insider tips that will elevate your stories and posts to garner wider readership and elevate your craft.


Solid Gold Videos

Quick tips and to the point.

  • Scheduling Tools to Keep you on Track with Social Media by Joy Steinberg
  • How to Break into Big Magazines with John Owens by John Owens
  • 2 Minute Tips: Who to Follow on Social Media by Kathleen Walls
  • 2 Minute Tips: Growing your Social Media by Betsi Hill
  • How to use Twitter with Chef Dennis by Dennis Littley
  • Learning Twitter with Chef Dennis Part 1: Twitter Lists by Dennis Littley
  • Learning Twitter with Chef Dennis Part 2: Buffer by Dennis Littley
  • Learning Twitter with Chef Dennis Part 3: Share Groups by Dennis Littley
  • Learning Twitter with Chef Dennis Part 4: Meet Edgar! by Dennis Littley


IFWTWA Certificate Course — in development

IFWTWA LogoWhat better source of travel, wine and food knowledge than IFWTWA and its accomplished members? This project is in the planning phase. The courses will be delivered through an online education learning platform. Those who successfully finish the course will receive a certificate of completion.

If you are interested in contributing to any of our projects or joining the Professional Development Committee, please contact Dave Nershi at [email protected]


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